Period
to 18 October 2017

The median annual salary for an Ethical Hacker was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 October 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Ethical Hacker
UK
6 months to
18 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1142 1182 1312
Rank change year-on-year +40 +130 -38
Permanent jobs requiring an Ethical Hacker 21 35 3
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.012% 0.018% 0.001%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.013% 0.019% 0.001%
Number of salaries quoted 20 25 2
UK median annual salary £57,500 £70,000 £53,750
Median salary % change year-on-year -17.86% +30.23% +2.38%
10th Percentile £40,000 £55,000 £47,125
90th Percentile £66,250 £85,000 £63,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £70,000 £60,000
% change year-on-year -21.43% +16.67% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 167288 184870 210158
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.79% 96.44% 96.49%
Number of salaries quoted 134009 154979 174143
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

Ethical Hacker
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Ethical Hacker in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Ethical Hacker in the UK

Ethical Hacker
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Ethical Hacker.

Salary trend for Ethical Hacker in the UK

Ethical Hacker
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Ethical Hacker over the 6 months to 18 October 2017.

Salary histogram for Ethical Hacker in the UK

Ethical Hacker
Top 9 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Ethical Hacker within the UK over the 6 months to 18 October 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +61 21 £57,500 -17.86% 1
London 0 14 £62,500 -10.71%
UK excluding London +54 7 £55,000 -21.43% 1
Midlands +33 3 £50,000 -28.57%
West Midlands +25 3 £50,000 +21.21%
South West +10 2 £62,500 -
South East +63 1 £45,000 -30.77% 1
North of England +8 1 £62,500 -7.41%
North West -5 1 £62,500 -7.41%

Ethical Hacker Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 October 2017, Ethical Hacker job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Ethical Hacker in the job title.

1 21 (100.00%) Ethical Hacking
2 17 (80.95%) OSCP
3 13 (61.90%) Information Security
4 12 (57.14%) CREST Certified
4 12 (57.14%) Penetration Testing
5 10 (47.62%) OSCE
5 10 (47.62%) Windows
6 9 (42.86%) Security Architecture
7 8 (38.10%) SIEM
7 8 (38.10%) Security Testing
7 8 (38.10%) Network Security
7 8 (38.10%) OWASP
7 8 (38.10%) Java
7 8 (38.10%) .NET
7 8 (38.10%) CISSP
8 7 (33.33%) CEH
8 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (33.33%) Xcode
8 7 (33.33%) C
8 7 (33.33%) Perl
8 7 (33.33%) Python
8 7 (33.33%) Eclipse
8 7 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
8 7 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
8 7 (33.33%) Android
8 7 (33.33%) Ruby
8 7 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 7 (33.33%) Apple iOS
8 7 (33.33%) Threat Management
8 7 (33.33%) Continuous Delivery

Ethical Hacker Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Cloud Services
1 7 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (38.10%) Network Security
2 3 (14.29%) Firewall
3 1 (4.76%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 7 (33.33%) Eclipse
1 7 (33.33%) Xcode
2 2 (9.52%) Burp Suite
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (38.10%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.52%) Computer Science
1 2 (9.52%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.76%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 10 (47.62%) Windows
2 7 (33.33%) Android
2 7 (33.33%) Apple iOS
3 2 (9.52%) Linux
4 1 (4.76%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (100.00%) Ethical Hacking
2 13 (61.90%) Information Security
3 12 (57.14%) Penetration Testing
4 9 (42.86%) Security Architecture
5 8 (38.10%) OWASP
5 8 (38.10%) Security Testing
5 8 (38.10%) SIEM
6 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (33.33%) Continuous Delivery
6 7 (33.33%) SDLC
6 7 (33.33%) Threat Management
7 2 (9.52%) Coaching
7 2 (9.52%) Data Protection
7 2 (9.52%) DevOps
7 2 (9.52%) Vulnerability Management
8 1 (4.76%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (38.10%) Java
2 7 (33.33%) C
2 7 (33.33%) Perl
2 7 (33.33%) Python
2 7 (33.33%) Ruby
3 2 (9.52%) SQL
4 1 (4.76%) C#
4 1 (4.76%) C++
4 1 (4.76%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 17 (80.95%) OSCP
2 12 (57.14%) CREST Certified
3 10 (47.62%) OSCE
4 8 (38.10%) CISSP
5 7 (33.33%) CEH
6 3 (14.29%) Degree
7 1 (4.76%) CISA
7 1 (4.76%) CISM
7 1 (4.76%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (4.76%) Master's Degree
7 1 (4.76%) SANS
7 1 (4.76%) SC Cleared
7 1 (4.76%) Security Cleared
7 1 (4.76%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (9.52%) PCI DSS
3 1 (4.76%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
Systems Management
1 6 (28.57%) Nessus